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Analyzing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Transcript of Analyzing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Works Cited
Introduction
Summary
Method
New Historicism
New Historicism in
The Two Towers
Tropes
Tropes in
The Two Towers
Archetypes
Archetypes in
The Two Towers
New Historicism Quote
Theory
Tropes Quote
Ideological State Apparatus
Ideological State Apparatus in
The Two Towers
Theory
Conspicuous Consumption
Theory
Conspicuous Consumption in
The Two Towers
Dread and Angst
Dread and Angst in
The Two Towers
Theory
In his paper “New Historicism,” Michael Delahoyde explains how New Historicists analyze a piece of work:
“New Historicism seeks to find meaning in a text by considering the work within the framework of the prevailing ideas and assumptions of its historical era.”
Theory
Allen B. Ury, in his article “Dramatic Tropes – And How to Avoid Them,” explains why screenwriters use tropes: “Tropes become tropes because they fill a need. They are formulas that have proved themselves successful time and again.”
Theory
Jessica Millis, guest author on the blog
Writehacked.com
, describes some archetypes and their uses in her article “Write Better Characters: 5 Classic Archetypes:” “Archetypes ... are defined by their role or purpose within the story, although they can quite often take on stereotypical characteristics with regards to appearance, age or gender.”
Archetypes Quote
Ideological State Apparatus
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Richard D. Wolff, in his paper “Ideological State Apparatuses, Consumerism, and U.S. Capitalism: Lessons for the Left,” discusses the interplay between ISAs and social classes:
“…each different class structure within a society would shape each ISA. The contradictions and tensions among as well as within the different class structures would flow into the ISAs…”
Yajin Wang and Vladas Griskevicius discuss conspicuous consumption and why women buy luxury products in their article “Conspicuous Consumption, Relationships, and Rivals: Women's Luxury Products as Signals to Other Women:”
“The tendency to purchase and exhibit expensive goods is known as conspicuous consumption … whereby luxury goods—and luxury brands—are often used to communicate a person’s wealth or level of prestige…”
Conspicuous Consumption
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Dread and Angst Quote
Daniel Vieth explains the tenets of the theory of dread and angst and defines angst in his article “Existentialism: Its Evolution and How It Applies Today:”
“Existential angst is the collection of negative feelings that stem from a realization of freedom and responsibility…”
Literary Devices
Delahoyde, Michael. “New Historicism.” Public.wsu.edu, public.wsu.edu/
~delahoyd/new.hist. html.

Millis, Jessica. “Write Better Characters: 5 Classic Archetypes.” Writehacked.com, www.writehacked.com/writing/write-better-characters/.

Ury, Allen B. “Dramatic Tropes – And How to Avoid Them.” Greenlightmymovie.com, 9 Aug. 2016, www.greenlightmymovie.com/avoiding-dramatic-tropes-in-screenplays/.

Vieth, Daniel. “Existentialism: Its Evolution and How It Applies Today.” Lexia, vol. 2, Spring 2014, www.jmu.edu/lexia/volume_2/Existentialism2.html.

Wang, Yajin, and Vladas Griskevicius. “Conspicuous Consumption, Relationships, and Rivals: Women's Luxury Products as Signals to Other Women.” Journal of Consumer Research, vol. 40, no. 5, February 2014, pp. 834-854. EBSCOhost, eds.b.ebscohost.com.db02. linccweb.org/ehost/detail/detail?sid=937b9a1a-1605-4f55-97a4-6af5d4b38bd0%40 sessionmgr103&vid=0&hid=122&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#anchor=GoToAllQVI&db=a9h&AN=93666731.

Wolff, Richard D. “Ideological State Apparatuses, Consumerism, and U.S. Capitalism: Lessons for the Left.” Scholarworks.umass.edu, 2004, scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent. cgi?article=1076&context=econ_workingpaper.
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Megan Novak
Dr. Jones
ENC 1102 01T
Prezi-tation
April 5, 2017
Analyzing
The Lord of the Rings:
The Two Towers

Conclusion
Alternative Research Topics
Butler's Gender Performance
Plato's Allegory of the Cave
Barthes' Mythologies
Marx and Engles' Class Commodification and Alienation
Analytical Theories
The Two Towers
The Two Towers
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Theory
Theory
Literary devices in
The Two Towers
Theory
Mechanics: Sound
Theory
Mechanics: Sound in
The Two Towers
Theory
Mechanics: Cuts and Angles
Theory
Mechanics: Cuts and Angles in
The Two Towers
December 18, 2002
Fellowship split
"Quest" master plot
High ratings
Golden Globe, Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards nominations and wins
$900,000,000 worldwide
Stephen Greenblatt and Michel Foucault
Media and social context
1950's monster movies
Familiar scenes
Arming up before battle
"Dead" characters
"Charge-into-combat" cut
Guide audience
Arming up before battle
Théoden and Aragorn
"Dead" character
Aragorn
"Charge-into-combat" cut
Entmoot and Helm's Deep
Carl Jung
Similar character types
"Wise old man"
Mentor
"Shape-shifter"
Physical or loyalty
"Wise old man"
Gandalf
Encourages and guides
"Shape-shifter"
Gollum
Loyalty or betrayal
Louis Althusser
Customs and ideologies
Eye contact
Thorstein Veblen
Items to display wealth, prestige, superiority
Economy vs. luxury cars
Ruling class of Rohan
Théoden and Éowyn
Embroidery
Colorful fabrics
Søren Kierkegaard and Jean-Paul Sartre
Fear of free will
Realization of ability to choose
Frodo
Temptation of Ring
Stopped by Sam
Pivotal later in trilogy
Characterization
Character descriptions
Direct
Indirect
Dramatic irony
Audience knows more than characters
Characterization
Éowyn
Royal gowns
Ready to fight
Faramir
Practical clothing
Authority
Theory
Literary devices in
The
Two Towers
Dramatic irony
Bomb at Helm's Deep
Gollum's betrayal
Diegetic
Audience and characters
Sound effects
Non-diegetic
Only audience
Soundtrack
Haldir's death
Mix of diegetic and non-diegetic
Angles
Aerial
Cut-in
Cuts
Cross-cut
Wipe cut
Influence mood
Angles
Aerial shot
Helm's Deep
Cut-in shot
Three Hunters' weapons
Legolas' eyes
Theory
Mechanics: Cuts and Angles in
The Two Towers
Cuts
Cross-cut
Tracking hobbits
Wipe cut
Transition to Fangorn
Jarring
Analyze and understand
This paper
New Historicism
Tropes
Archetypes
Ideological State Apparatus
Conspicuous Consumption
Dread and Angst
Defense
Allies
9/11
Afghanistan war
Osama bin Laden
Department of Homeland Security
Rohan
Osgiliath
Ruler and ruled
Pledge to ruler
King Théoden
Kneeling
Wild Men of Dunland
Blood oath
Successful film
Analytical theories
New Historicism
Tropes
Archetypes
Ideological State Apparatus
Conspicuous Consumption
Dread and Angst
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